Bulldogs' season ends with loss at Big East tournament
Eugene Teague had 14 points, 11 rebounds and scored all of Seton Hall's points over the final 9:30 as the Pirates prevailed in a battle of second-half runs for a 51-50 victory over Butler on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
The eighth-seeded Pirates (16-16) gets top-seeded and third-ranked Villanova in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Seton Hall used an 11-0 run to take a 38-26 lead over the ninth-seeded Bulldogs (14-17) with 12:53 to play. Butler came up empty on nine straight possessions in the run and the Pirates extended their lead to 45-32 on a 3-pointer by Brian Oliver with 9:46 to go.
Khyle Marshall, who led Butler with 22 points, started scoring inside and the Bulldogs took advantage of some cold shooting by Seton Hall to go an 14-3 run that made it 48-46 with 4:44 to go. Marshall dunked with 1:50 to go and Kellen Dunham dunked after a steal with 47 seconds left to bring Butler to 51-50.
Brandon Mobley missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 4.3 seconds left and Butler had a last chance to win but Barlow's shot from just inside midcourt hit the backboard.
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